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Newsletter Vol. 1, Issue 2

Hello and welcome to the second issue of the Barnard Digital Humanities Center newsletter! We hope that by now you are pretty much done with your midterms, if not, hang in there!

In this issue, you will find: 
Project Spotlight 
Upcoming Events 
Past Events
Open Hours
DHC Library Pick
Refresh Corner 

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Project Spotlight

Artwork from Marinna Shareef, 2022 CDSC Artist in Residence
The Caribbean Digital Scholarship Collective (CDSC) is an initiative that assembles a team of scholars and educators, partnered with community groups and academic institutions, to create and foster digital scholarship programs surrounding the Caribbean diaspora. Funded by a Mellon Foundation grant, the CDSC creates projects and initiatives that combine technological and community-oriented humanistic practices. As Caribbean communities face unprecedented challenges of climate change, forced migrations, and the loss of valuable historical records, the training of future scholars in solving problems with cross-disciplinary, intersectional approaches is imperative to generate new, impactful ways to persevere through these changes. Through summer institutes, conferences, microgrants, artist residency and training programs, the CDSC promises to create cohorts of students and practitioners across the Caribbean and its diasporas that will advance the development of interdisciplinary Caribbean digital scholarship. Visit the CDSC website to learn more about their mission and programs.

Upcoming Events

Card from Personal Storytelling Tool #1 card deck by Oneika Russell

Speculative Storytelling, November 10th, 4-5:30 PM. Hybrid: Milstein 103 + Zoom

In our third Spec Tech session, we’ll be playing with the Personal Storytelling Tool #1, a card deck created by Oneika Russell. This card deck was designed as a tool for social engagement and self-inquiry and comes from a video work "Voyage," which was also created to think about individual awareness and consciousness in relation to history, ecology, and spirituality. Please join us as we use this tool to build connections, self-reflect, pathwork, and more! This session will be hosted in collaboration with featured artist Oneika Russell.

Image of person meditating in the Stillness Lab

Critical Play & Rest in the Stillness Lab, December 8th, 4-5:30 PM. Hybrid: Movement Lab + Zoom

In our fourth Spec Tech session, we will explore various ways to engage in critical play and rest. With finals season inevitably comes stress, overworking, and exhaustion. In order to live sustainably, we have to learn to balance this stress with intentional play and rest. Come join us and take some time away from studying to meditate, color, work on a puzzle, play with our new stress balls and fidget spinners, check out a book, and/or just relax! This session will be hosted in collaboration with the Movement Lab.


Past Events

In the second session of our Speculative Technologies for Liberatory Worlds Community, we explored Writing Speculative Fiction. Inspired by Octavia Butler's genre-bending novel Kindred, we collaboratively responded to "What if" prompts as a means to imagine and create alternative narratives about our pasts, present, and futures. This session was hosted in collaboration with the Creative Writing Program.
(Left to Right) Amalia shares her group’s response to the prompt: What if… you opened a book that turned out to be a portal to another world? // A rendering of the book/portal by created by Amalia. 

This learning community will be held from 4:00-5:30 PM on
 9/15, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/26, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13.
You don't have to attend every session--drop in when you can!
Read more about past sessions at


Barnard faculty in conversation in the DHC.

Open Hours

Photo of coloring page of tarot card depicting strength. There’s a tiger and a woman looking away from one another while next to each other. The tiger has red and orange hues with jet black stripes. The woman is wearing blue garmets with a green and yellow leaf grown around her head.
The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) has Open Hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1-8 PM.
Students are welcome to come study, color, puzzle, read, and get help with their class assignments and personal projects related to the digital humanities.
We also have stickers, critical play games, and a circulating collection of over 450 books, zines, and print ephemera that are available to check out using the Barnard Library self-checkout app.
The DHC is located on the 1st floor of the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning (MIL 103). 
Notice: Masks are required in the space. 
Photo of Mary McLeod Bethune Mural Puzzle created by Charles White

DHC Library Pick 

Cover of Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being by Kaiama Glover

Featured Title:
Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being by Kaiama Glover

Why Read?
Regarded Self speaks to the characters of various female writers throughout history who have challenged the status quo in order to convey their own message of importance. This is a must-read by Glover that pushes the audience to re-evaluate and also challenge their own modes of thinking and evaluation throughout the novel.   

Browse other titles in the Speculative Storytelling Reading List: 

  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

  • Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments by Gabrielle Jamela Hosein

  • Crossfire: A Litany For Survival: Poems, 1998-2019 by Staceyann Chin

  • Claire Of The Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

  • Farming Of Bones: A Novel by  Edwidge Danticat

  • Spill: Scenes Of Black Feminist Fugitivity by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Refresh Corner

This week’s way to hit refresh is inspired by Tricia Hersey’s The Nap Ministry and her new book Rest is Resistance. Hersey’s book explores rest, sleeping, and dreaming as modes of resistance against capitalism and white supremacy. What can you resist by resting more? Check out some of the tips below to help you incorporate naps into your weekly routine!

  • Pencil in a weekly nap. Did you know that sleeping more can boost your overall mood? If you’re feeling a little low with the shorter days and changing seasons try booking a nap in your virtual calendar. 

  • Make it a ritual. By committing to this special time each week you are resisting the “grind culture” that we so often are forced into when existing in the academic sphere. Each week try to make this a special time for yourself by playing relaxing music or putting on your favorite show to fall asleep to in the background.

  • Yes, even when there are a million things to do. Even if you can only nap for 10 minutes, it’s still worth it! I know time can seem so finite sometimes but at the end of the day it’s more important to care for your brain and body. The task will be there when you get back and it will get done, it always does.
This issue was created by Neda Jahanbani, Jazmin Maço ('21), Ellie Yousif ('22), Eden Segbefia ('23), Fatima Asimova ('23), and Mariam Mustafa ('24). 
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